Rock Climbing is a sport that people from all age groups can enjoy (we climb with our nieces and nephews ages 5 to 18 and our 4 year old son!) and I have heard countless stories from people who have used climbing to overcome addictions, build self confidence, get in shape and be in touch with nature. Most people who climb feel the natural “high” that can be addicting, so prepare yourself!
If you have never rock climbed before, we highly suggest going with a professional guide to teach you the basics. You can do this in a group or one-on-one with the instructor.
Hiking in the desert can make you feel worlds away from city life. With the wide open space and prehistoric looking geography you can’t help but experience a sense of wonder for this amazing place. There are so many places to explore from old mining camps, historic homes built into the rocks, hidden oasis where native people once settled, view points where you can see in every direction and so much more. Joshua Tree hiking books are in each of our homes for your use and we are happy to recommend our favorite hikes to you.
Anyone who has been to the desert knows why we brag about our desert night skies. There is nothing like lying in a hammock under a massive spread of stars blanketing the sky - the constellations and Milky Way are clearly visible and amazing to behold!. According to the BBC, 99% of the continental United States (and two thirds of the world's population) never see a truly dark, starry sky. The Mojave Desert is one of the last places left in the United States where you can still see the Milky Way with the naked eye. All of our rentals include plenty of outdoor seating and lounging for enjoying the night sky.
Photography in the Mojave Desert is inspiring. The light is always shifting and playing against the landscape in ways you don’t see in other places. The beauty of dawn on an ancient Joshua Tree or the shadows playing on the decaying wood of a homestead cabin make photography in Joshua Tree something everyone can appreciate.
Joshua Tree’s resident bird species: roadrunner, phainopepla, mockingbird, verdin, cactus wren, rock wren, mourning dove, Le Conte’s thrasher, and Gambel’s quail can be sighted in and around the park throughout the year. We hear lovely stories from our guests about the number of birds who visit the backyards of all of our homes.
Wildflower season is our most popular time of the year here in the desert. Book early because our homes fill up fast! The extent and timing of spring wildflower blooms in Joshua Tree National Park may vary from one year to the next. When you catch any part of the bloom, it is spectacular!
Bikes and four-wheel drive vehicles are welcome in the park. For your own safety and for the protection of the natural features of this park, please stay on established roads.